Do I Really Need to Learn Self-Defense?

by | Jun 23, 2020

Many people will ask me, “Do I need to learn self defense?” That is an individual decision each person has to make, but I can tell you that in Canada, like many countries, most people do not take personal safety seriously. Or many offer many excuses why they do not feel they need to learn self defense. In this infographic are many of the reasons we hear not to learn self defense. Check it out, and I will add more thoughts after it.

Now, let’s go through each of the excuses mentioned in the self-defense infographic.

1) Too Expensive?  According to the website, the average American household spent $3008 on restaurants and takeout! Did you know that with SAFE International™ you can learn life-saving skills in as little as 4 hours for about $50? But going out to dinner is much more social and fun, you say? SAFE International™ self defense seminars have garnered a reputation for being potentially life-saving and a hell of a lot of fun!

2) Don’t Have Time!  Really? If you knew you or a loved one was going to be attacked, would you make the Time? Did you know that every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted? For more staggering statistics, please refer to the site. And when you consider the average person watches about 5 hours of television per day, I believe most people could find a minimum of 5 hours once a year to put towards their safety and the protection of their loved ones. 

3) But I Live in a Safe Neighbourhood! If you watch any shows like Forensic Files as I do, you will hear almost every episode after some brutal attack, sexual assault, or murder, comments like, “But we live in a safe neighbourhood,” or “Violence like that does not happen to people like us,” or “I only thought it happened to other people.” Apathy and denial are an attacker’s greatest hope. They know most people are not prepared to deal with violence, and that feeling of “It will never happen to me” is what they are counting on.  

I find it interesting how we spend thousands of dollars on car insurance, home insurance and life insurance. Still, few consider spending any amount on a few hours of training that is the most likely insurance they will need. We teach our kids to swim cause we fear them drowning, but meanwhile, our daughters and sons are more likely to be sexually assaulted. I think it is time we get our heads out of the sand and consider what is most important in our lives and take a small amount of time to help ensure those we love and give ourselves some level of Peace of Mind! 


Keep SAFE!

Chris Roberts
Managing Director, SAFE International